Topamax Cleft Palate Cases May Lead to Other Medical Issues

Pregnant women who were prescribed Topamax or one of its generic equivalents may find that their newborn children experience more than cleft palates. These children may be susceptible to dental problems requiring braces and/or surgery as well as nasal/sinus issues. Additionally, there may be an increased risk of hearing loss in children who’ve been harmed by the drug.
Children born with a cleft palate normally require surgery to correct the problem within 12 to 18 months of birth. However, the secondary issues may require surgical intervention even earlier. However, it may be difficult for doctors to spot these secondary issues because they’re often hard to detect.
I spoke with one woman whose child was experiencing difficulty developmentally because the child was malnourished. The issue was caused by the baby’s inability to suck properly. It took some time for doctors to detect the problem causing the malnourishment and this may lead to further developmental delays.
According to the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry women who’ve taken Topamax during pregnancy are at an increased risk of giving birth to children with an oral cleft. Prompt medical attention is required.